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VolcanoFlamesNL

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Cartridges all the way. IMO, the advantage CD has over cartridges is space. That's it.

  • Cartridges never have the message 'Game disc could not be read'. Means that if your game keeps on saying it, it's time for it to move out to the attic. In addition, it may be impossible to access certain parts of software.
  • It reads faster. The cartridge doesn't get scratches like CDs. So it's more efficient.
  • It's easier to keep than CDs, although it's easy to lose too...
    With a game card you can play your games for a long time but scratches spoil the point of CDs.

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MAB

2. Posted:

I don't like either... DIGITAL 4 LYFE BABY ;)

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SkywardLink98

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Cartridges as in N64 carts or 3DS carts? I've had more trouble with N64 carts than with modern discs, but that might just be because they're old.

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Dave24

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At least cartridges are more durable than discs, especially blu-ray. And it's easier to loose a CD than cartrige, because if you have a mess of games and sometimes place disc in other box for the time being and you forget about it, you will have hrs of searching. It is faster to find a cartridge. And easier to store them too

As for digital like steam - lesser evil that you actually must go with.

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VolcanoFlamesNL

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@skywardlink98 As in the 3DS/PS Vita one, not the old ones. The old ones were like retro TVs....
@dave24 I agree.
@MAB Yes... let's assume digital is part of the 'cartridge' family. They aren't read by lens, don't get scratched, get corrupt if handled badly....

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SkywardLink98

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VolcanoFlames wrote:

[digital copies] don't [...]get corrupt if handled badly....

I dunno, if I drop my PC off of the empire state building I doubt my games will be intact. Luckily Steam let's me redownload it all.
EDIT: Oh well I've had more issues with 3DS carts then with my couple days of a used PS3 and years of PS2. Carts are practically invincible though, I'll give them that.

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Jaz007

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Cartridges still can get dirty. I've had enough SNES experience with this. CDs are easier to clean than cartridges too, cleaning them with the right stuff can fix stratches pretty well too. I think the space advantage makes CDs better than Cartridges. Cartridges wear down and it's a lot harder to deal with, I'm not even sure it can be dealt with sometimes, and items just something that age can bring. I also take it that we are just talking about CDs here, and not Blu-Rays and DVDs?

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Carts are more durable for collectors but disk are clearly the superior format.

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modern cartridges are best. disks just look more futureistic

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VolcanoFlamesNL

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@jaz007 well... I don't know 'bout that...
My Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition disc is cleaner than my NSMBU disc... but it's not working anymore. Why?
If cartridges get dirty, you clean it properly. How do cartridges wear down easily? I'd say it's CDs that do so. And might I mention, spinning the disc wears down the lens. My original Wii can't read discs anymore.

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Jaz007

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@jaz007 well... I don't know 'bout that...
My Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition disc is cleaner than my NSMBU disc... but it's not working anymore. Why?
If cartridges get dirty, you clean it properly. How do cartridges wear down easily? I'd say it's CDs that do so. And might I mention, spinning the disc wears down the lens. My original Wii can't read discs anymore.

I have one cartridge that plays really rocky now (like lines on the TV rocky), I should see about cleaning it properly see if that helps, I've just had more trouble with that than CDs. They always seem to work after cleaning and not that many have required cleaning (well, DVDs, I've never had trouble with PS1 CD after cleaning.). I've never had trouble with a blu-rays at all too. I will say cartridges are than PSP UMDs, I'm not sure what someone was thinking when they made that. You also might want to make it clear that by CD, you mean optical discs, because I was confused at first if you meant CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays, or just CDs. (I also will admit that I might mis-remember a few things due to being really young at the time.)

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supermario182

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in the 64 days i did agree with cartridges, especially given bad loading times. it still makes sense to use carts on handhelds nowadays. optical media has come a long way since then, and for home consoles it is better. of course digital is the way to go now.

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Miss_Dark

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digital > cartridges > cds

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Disks are the better format when it comes to consoles. Way cheaper to produce when you consider game size. If we still had to use cartridges, there's no way we would have games as big as Skyrim or, well anything else. There's just too much going on.

Cartridges are great for handhelds, though. Games can't be as big, since they don't need to be. The size of the screen means that stuff like resolution, texture quality, etc. doesn't matter as much, which can do wonders for freeing up space.

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Eh. Seems a bit silly and redundant to compare carts and discs since they're used in devices that serve different purposes.

It's odd by business standards to use discs for portables and cartridges would be too expensive for home consoles, as mentioned before. If we're talking N64 vs disc consoles, I personally like carts for their durability (pain to clean though) and fast loading times. Nevertheless, Nintendo probably could've won more developers if they'd use discs. :P

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Raylax

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Neither. Tape cassette games all the way.

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MAB

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Raylax wrote:

Neither. Tape cassette games all the way.

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Try explaining to gamers nowadays how we had to rewind our games to play them ;)

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MAN1AC

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VolcanoFlames wrote:

Cartridges all the way. IMO, the advantage CD has over cartridges is space. That's it.

You're kind of downplaying this a bit aren't you? Its kind of a big deal for a lot of gamers and devs.

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